The Heritage Garden

A garden lovers’ piece of paradise – a superb spot to stop and smell the roses!

12 McCord Lane

Sunday 3 November 2024

10:00am - 4:30pm


Roses are known for their exquisite beauty, and to see The Heritage Garden in spring when thousands of rose bushes produce countless fragrant blooms, is a very special and never-to-
be-forgotten experience!

Twenty-five years ago, world-renowned rosarians Walter and Kay Duncan used their expertise and vision to transform a paddock into a lovely and tranquil garden.

Their charming bluestone villa was once Walter’s family home in Adelaide and was facing demolition, so they had it dismantled, transported stone by stone to the new site and rebuilt! Now surrounded by the garden, it looks like it has been there forever.

The roses are undoubtedly the superstars, but the garden was planned to appeal throughout the seasons, and there are also many magnificent trees, shrubs, perennials, and hedges. A long line of 22 arches is smothered with the soft pink heritage rose Souvenir de la Malmaison, and the lovely creamy white Lamarque climbs up the posts of the verandah.

In the surrounding garden, many different modern and heritage roses are supported by a profusion of old-fashioned perennials – iris, lavender, foxgloves, catmint, kiss-me-Kate, and seaside daisies perfectly complement the roses. Beyond the house, massed planting of prolifically flowering French roses is well suited to the climatic conditions and creates a staggering spectacular of flowers and fragrance.

Old roses scramble over a rustic bridge leading to a quince orchard, and nearby, a path leads through a garden of silver foliage with vivid pink flowering plants providing a lively contrast.

There is an elegant pavilion and a new stone moon- gate leading to a labyrinth filled with ornamental grasses.

Open on Sunday November 3 only.

Size: 2 acres

Charity: RFDS


  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Plant sales
  • Sales of garden products including books and grapevine wreaths
  • The Heritage Garden embroidery kits for sale

Facilities & Accessibility

New Garden
Dogs Allowed
Tea & Coffee
Plant Sales
Suitable for Prams
Suitable for Wheelchairs
Bee Hives Present
Beware of Water

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